Our Top Picks for your Canada Day Celebrations

Canada Day is just around the corner, so Spotlight on Business has put together our top destinations to spend Canada Day this July 1st.  Whether you are looking for amazing world-class pyro-technicians, greats eats or throw back a few locally-brewed beers and lagers while you take in the festivities across this amazing country we have gone coast-to-coast to find the best places to spend Canada Day this year.

#10 – Calgary, AB

In a city that is famous for the Stampede, why not visit Calgary a few days early and celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday. There are events all across the city at locations like Prince’s Island Park, Olympic Plaza, and more.

There will be many free family-friendly events full of music, dance, art, and culture with live music and The City of Calgary Fireworks Show at 11 p.m.

So on July 1st before 11pm make sure to head to the Max Bell Centre, Nose Hill Park, Tom Campbell’s Hill Park, Riverfront Avenue, or the South Bow River pathway between Third Street SW and First Street SW – just look towards the Centre Street Bridge if you’re in any of these Calgary hotspots for a world-class fireworks show!

For more information on all Canada Day events in Calgary visit https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Events/Canada-day.aspx

#9 – Old Port of Montreal, PQ

Located in Old Montreal, the Old Port stretches over two kilometres along the St. Lawrence River. Every year on Canada Day, Montreal hosts its annual parade featuring street entertainment, food and fireworks.

The day at Jacques-Cartier Pier couldn’t be more fun-filled, with a parade and wealth of day-long activities making the Old Port a family-friendly choice with fireworks taking to the sky at the Old Port at 10 pm, we are sure that there will be a lot of Montrealers holding their sleeping, face-painted petit patriotes after this fun filledCanada Day celebration.

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#8 – Dawson City, YT

Pack your Klondike-era best and get yourself to Dawson City in Yukon Territory. The prospectors know how to party and they know how to include everyone who visits their small town nestled on the confluence of the Klondike River and Yukon River (better pack your fishing rod and gear).

Celebrate Canada Day Dawson City style with a day packed full of fun community events! The entire Canada Day weekend offers a whole range of activities, where else would you want to be?

Canada Day will start off with a Parade through town, ending at Minto Park where there will be Cake, Music, a Carnival, a water balloon toss, cricket match, and more! Spend Canada Day in Dawson City this year.  It’s sure to be fun for the whole family!

For more on Canada Day in Dawson City visit https://dawsoncity.ca/event/canada-day-celebrations/.

#7 – Vancouver, BC

This one is so big, so iconic that it spills out into the streets of Downtown Vancouver. Food trucks are everywhere, the Picnic Plaza is full of families and kid-friendly games and activities and entertainment as Vancouver boasts the second-largest Canada Day celebration in the country (second only to Ottawa). With the fun-filled daytime festival, the evening parade through downtown Vancouver and the fireworks show, going to Canada Place on July 1st is one of the best ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday.

 All the events for Canada Place can be found at https://www.canadaplace.ca/events/canada-day/.

#6 – Niagara Falls, Ontario

This one is another no-brainer. Niagara Falls is already one of Canada’s biggest attractions, but on the country’s birthday expect a ridiculous amount of people to come and celebrate from both North and South of the border.  So, plan to arrive as early as you can to take in all the events of Canada’s 152nd Birthday bash at the Falls.

The phenomenal sights and sounds make Niagara Falls one of the best places to be on July 1st.

 You can check it all out at https://niagarafalls.ca/events/annual-events/canada-day/entertainment.aspx.

#5 – Charlottetown, PE

There’s nothing like a patriot’s pilgrimage to Prince Edward Island by air, water or bridge. After all, Charlottetown is where Canada was born! The Birthplace of Confederation is hosting an event for the whole family at Victoria Park on July 1st from noon to 10 pm.

Every event is family-friendly and includes a Living Flag activity, a Family Fun Zone, giveaways, and a firework show hardly rivaled throughout the Maritimes. And it being a Maritime Province, the music won’t be in short supply throughout the while Islanders celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday. 

For more information on events and time check out https://www.charlottetown.ca/events___initiatives/special_events_and_initatives/capital_city_canada_day

#4 – Regina, SK

Nobody does a prairie-themed Canada Day like the city of Regina. On July 1st, Saskatchewan’s capital plays host to the Western Canada’s Strongest Man competition which includes events like the harness and rope truck pull, the keg toss, the car deadlift, Atlas stones, and the overhead press medley.

The day also sees the highly anticipated Plywood Cup up for grabs where teams of four build a boat with limited materials and time before one brave team member races across Wascana Lake.

The celebrations finish off with an amazing firework display at 10:30pm.  For information about all the events this check visit https://www.reginacanadaday.ca/

#3 – St. John’s, NL

Start the party a half hour earlier than anyone else in Canada. For Newfoundlanders, Canada Day Celebrations begin at sun-up with a ceremonial canon shot from the Signal Hill National Historic Site with free transportation from the Visitor Centre to the hill-top ceremony – and free birthday cupcakes upon your return!

Later that afternoon, free family-friendly entertainment will be provided at King George V Park complete with bouncy castles, games, activities, face painting, balloon animals and shapes, a cultural showcase and concert with even more cupcakes!

Oh, and you are in Newfoundland so you know that there will be live music on the Quidi Vidi Bandstand and the first fireworks show in Canada takes place at 10 pm.

For more information on Canada Day celebration in St. John’s visit their website at https://destinationstjohns.com/event/canada-day-celebrations/

#2 – Halifax Regional Municipality, NS

Come for The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo but stay for the Canada Day celebrations in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

This year’s July 1st celebrations offers new and continuing traditions such as the Pancake Breakfast, Flag Raising Ceremony, Family Fun Fest at the Commons, Halifax Ribfest, FUSE 2019, live music at Sullivan’s Pond and the Halifax Public Gardens, and of course the main event – an outdoor concert with fireworks at Alderney Landing.

All this and more make Halifax Regional Municipality a great place to spend Canada Day and celebrate Canada’s history, diversity, and future.  Plus, with a variety of free, interactive events that span across Halifax and Dartmouth, it truly offers something for everyone so wear your red and white to celebrate Canada’s 152nd birthday in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

You can learn more about all the amazing event throughout the HRM for Canada Day by visiting http://www.hrmcanadaday.ca/events.php

#1 – Ottawa, ON

If you’ve never spent a Canada Day weekend in the nation’s capital, I seriously recommend stopping by a Visitors Centre or, at the very least, browse https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/canada-day.html for more information – and to find a complete list of events and their official websites.

There is nothing like spending Canada Day in Ottawa and it needs to be on your bucket list.  You have performances by amazing artists throughout the city.  At Parliament Hill under the shadow of the Peace Tower, the huge crowd, the sea of Canadian flags and, of course, its incomparable atmosphere… the Hill is the emblematic site of this exceptional day!

Set in the heart of Canada’s Capital, Parliament Hill has some memorable moments in store for you for July 1st.  Celebrations will begin with a Peace and Friendship Circle, an Algonquin ceremony hosted by Mr. Albert Dumont, and the Peace Tower Carillon concert.

An official ceremony, with artillery fire and the traditional flyby of the Canadian Armed Forces Snowbirds and CF-18, will be followed by the noon show starring the National Arts Centre Orchestra, K’naan, T. Thomason, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Karim Ouellet, Shawnee and many more.

A second Snowbirds air show will kick off the evening show which promises to be most electrifying! KAYTRANADA, Marie Mai, Cœur de Pirate, Brett Kissel, the Strumbellas, William Prince, Karim Ouellet, K’naan, Crystal Shawanda and other guests will warm up the Hill stage. 

The Canada Day fireworks show will round off this amazing day with a bang and will undoubtedly drape the front page of every Canadian newspaper on July 2nd!

So regardless where you are on Canada Day, we hope you enjoy time with friends and family.  Take in the many attractions, food and of course amazing fireworks.

Happy Canada Day from our family to yours!!!!

by Calli Gregg